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  Topic: OT: Why you should always get the Service Manual
eggsalad

Replies: 5
Views: 69

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:27 am   Subject: OT: Why you should always get the Service Manual
3 gallons would be funnier.
  Topic: Roughouses in Hawaii
eggsalad

Replies: 3
Views: 54

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:54 am   Subject: Roughouses in Hawaii
Thing is... if you're buying a Roughhouse 50 from a dealer, the dealer will probably know if Hawaii considers it to be a moped. And if you're buying a second-hand Roughhouse 50, I would think the pers ...
  Topic: Roughouses in Hawaii
eggsalad

Replies: 3
Views: 54

PostForum: Black Cat, Rattler & Roughhouse Discussion   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:50 am   Subject: Roughouses in Hawaii
Hawaii statute §286-2 Definitions:

"Moped" means a device upon which a person may ride which has two or three wheels in contact with the ground,

(Yes. A Roughhouse 50 has 2 wheels i ...
  Topic: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
eggsalad

Replies: 7
Views: 56

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:09 pm   Subject: Design philosophy question about scooter headlights
(applies to motorcycles as well)

It seems obvious and intuitive to me that the headlight of a 2-wheel motor vehicle should point in the direction in which that vehicle is moving. And a great number ...
  Topic: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
eggsalad

Replies: 9
Views: 76

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:48 am   Subject: Tire age? New tires over 6 years old.
It's unconscionable. IANAL, but I would say it borders on criminal negligence. Thanks for outing the offender. I'll never buy a thing from them.
  Topic: Caliper rebuild kit?
eggsalad

Replies: 1
Views: 59

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:46 am   Subject: Caliper rebuild kit?
First of all, let me state that it's entirely obscene that Genuine asks $130 for a new caliper. Fer gosh sakes, I can get a new caliper for an F-150 for half that!

But I can't seem to find a rebuil ...
  Topic: PLEASE HELP new buddy 125 rear brake issue & stability i
eggsalad

Replies: 20
Views: 213

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:10 am   Subject: PLEASE HELP new buddy 125 rear brake issue & stability i
Sounds like a bent or out-of-round wheel. Did you buy it from a dealer? If so, the warranty begins on the date of sale.
  Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
eggsalad

Replies: 26
Views: 342

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:03 am   Subject: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
There! Fixed forever.

I don't personally know you, but I love you for this.
  Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
eggsalad

Replies: 26
Views: 342

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:53 pm   Subject: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
You should write a letter of complaint about the speedometer to Genuine Scooter Co. They haven't acted on these complaints for the last 14 years; maybe yours will do the trick.

14 years and they ca ...
  Topic: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
eggsalad

Replies: 26
Views: 342

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:13 am   Subject: Brand New 2018 buddy 125 Speedometer WAY off.
You should write a letter of complaint about the speedometer to Genuine Scooter Co. They haven't acted on these complaints for the last 14 years; maybe yours will do the trick.
  Topic: Interesting Craigslist finds
eggsalad

Replies: 246
Views: 25910

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:09 pm   Subject: Re: Italjet Velocifero 50
Love the headlights on these bikes!

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/mcy/d/phoenix-1997-italjet-velocifero-50/7148821951.html

Somebody wants a grand for a non-running 50cc *anything*?? I'll ca ...
  Topic: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
eggsalad

Replies: 6
Views: 119

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:30 pm   Subject: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
Thanks! As I have an '08, I don't have the "neck ring" but I can certainly shoot for below the neck.
  Topic: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
eggsalad

Replies: 6
Views: 119

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:05 am   Subject: EEC issues, fuel drip from Active Carbon Can
After a long ride today, I discovered gasoline dripping on to my exhaust.

That's NEVER a good thing!

Took off some panels and did some poking around. The only possible place the drip could have ...
  Topic: Fuel Gauge and Horn Won't Work on Buddy 125 - 2nd Fuse?
eggsalad

Replies: 2
Views: 79

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:39 am   Subject: Fuel Gauge and Horn Won't Work on Buddy 125 - 2nd Fuse?
I can't help you, but I'm glad you found your fuse! Did you find it at NAPA as I suggested?
  Topic: Where to Buy Fuse
eggsalad

Replies: 4
Views: 98

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:25 pm   Subject: Where to Buy Fuse
"Northeastern Oklahoma" is a pretty broad area, but there's a NAPA in Grove, and one in Miami, and one in Katner, and one in Nowata, and one in Langley.

If NAPA doesn't have that fuse on ...
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
eggsalad

Replies: 17
Views: 531

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:06 pm   Subject: A $10 trunk?
It would be nice to have a case that big for storing my 3/4 helmet when parked. It barely crams into the underseat storage, but when I do that, the helmet can be uncomfortably warm when I get out of t ...
  Topic: Buddy 150 chrome exhaust tip?
eggsalad

Replies: 1
Views: 68

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:27 pm   Subject: Buddy 150 chrome exhaust tip?
Even though it's an early '08, my Buddy is still in very nice condition.

Except for the chrome exhaust finisher, which is rusty and pitted. According to the parts manual I have, it's not available ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 739

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:58 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Around my area, the 2 main Genuine dealers only carry the 50cc range, and thats the Buddy 2-stroke and the Rough House 2-stroke.

I would venture that *most* scooters sold in the US are in the 50cc ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 739

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:22 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
It's interesting that Genuine is adding 50cc models when Yamaha has recently discontinued all their 50s in the US market. 2018 was the last year for the Vino 50 and 2019 appears to have been the last ...
  Topic: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
eggsalad

Replies: 6
Views: 144

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:24 pm   Subject: Buddy 125 exhaust gasket.....
Seems to me it's a "while you're in there" part. A new one is a couple of bucks.
  Topic: buddy 125 seat
eggsalad

Replies: 2
Views: 130

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:57 pm   Subject: buddy 125 seat
Help me (us) understand what you mean by "better riding position".

I'm fairly certain the the primary design intent of the low seat was to make shorter riders reach the floorboards (or th ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 739

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:01 pm   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
I kind of like the NIU line, but the fastest, the GT, only gets to 45mph, and you better not do that too much, or you get a mere 30 miles of range.

Also, not all Genuine dealers carry NIU; mine doe ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 739

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:20 am   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
As with many things, the laws haven't kept up with the technology. There are also unscrupulous vendors who love to say "it's just a bike".

As far as I'm concerned, if it operates at the s ...
  Topic: Rear rack mounts ripped out - drill through bottom tube?
eggsalad

Replies: 7
Views: 144

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:11 am   Subject: Rear rack mounts ripped out - drill through bottom tube?
The whole tube is gone? Or just the threaded insert? Either way, just fab it up and weld it on. Can't take half an hour.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-M8-1-25-Zinc-Plated-Steel-T-Nut-2-Piec ...
  Topic: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 739

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:21 am   Subject: Genuine is introducing two new scooters
Yeah, do they really need 10 models in the 50cc universe? I sure don't get it.

I'd also agree that 125+cc scooters aren't really well-suited to 10" tires.
  Topic: Initial Help on Auction Bought Buddy
eggsalad

Replies: 15
Views: 265

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:47 pm   Subject: Initial Help on Auction Bought Buddy
That missing cover below the hook reveals the VIN stamped in the frame tube. It was probably removed somewhere in the LEO/auction process to obtain and verify the VIN.

In fact, it's described in th ...
  Topic: Tire removal
eggsalad

Replies: 14
Views: 274

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:00 pm   Subject: Tire removal
Check YouTube. There are dozens of videos about changing 10" tires with about $20 worth of tools. It's not brain surgery.

The word around here is that current whitewall tires aren't very high ...
  Topic: Serious question here. MAXIMUM weight 100 kg? HELP
eggsalad

Replies: 3
Views: 146

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:29 pm   Subject: Serious question here. MAXIMUM weight 100 kg? HELP
It's a kick scooter, it goes as fast as you kick it.

Will it break into two pieces at 110 kg? Probably not, but if it does, oh well.

Will the bearings wear out sooner at your weight? Insignifica ...
  Topic: Is my Buddy 170 able to...
eggsalad

Replies: 10
Views: 209

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:31 pm   Subject: Is my Buddy 170 able to...

(and I suppose WFO is intended to mean "wound flat out"; the usual scooter term is WOT, "wide open throttle")

I've always taken "WFO" to mean "Wide Fxxxing Open ...
  Topic: Any NZ Buddy riders here?
eggsalad

Replies: 4
Views: 154

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:47 am   Subject: Any NZ Buddy riders here?
I'm pretty new here, but isn't the Buddy only sold in the US?
  Topic: 2013 Buddy 50cc
eggsalad

Replies: 5
Views: 148

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:57 pm   Subject: 2013 Buddy 50cc
Aside from the engine and associated performance, a 125 is no different to ride than a 50. And if you want to go riding together, you'll spend 90% of the time on your Vespa waiting for her to catch up ...
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 475

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 7:25 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
Variator tool came today but it does not fit in the holes. The pins are too large. I thought it was one standard size but I guess not.

Interesting. Did you order the one I linked from Amazon?

Th ...
  Topic: New guy, here.
eggsalad

Replies: 14
Views: 305

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 9:10 pm   Subject: New guy, here.
Welcome, and I think you got a fantastic buy!
  Topic: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
eggsalad

Replies: 36
Views: 475

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 1:50 pm   Subject: Replace belt with no impact wrench?
The DIY tool is perfectly functional, assuming you have woodworking tools and skills. Alternately, you could actually buy the proper tool, called "adjustable pin wrench" for under $15. Here' ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
eggsalad

Replies: 19
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:33 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
The abscence of a statute absolutely will not sheild manufacturers from liability in a civil suit. In fact, they can be held civily liable even if they proved in court no statutes were violated. Loo ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
eggsalad

Replies: 19
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 7:33 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
From my research, the original law said there was a 4% range, from -2% to +2%. That was changed to the same 4%, but the range was from -1% to +3%.

Later, it was changed to ±4% - so once again ther ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
eggsalad

Replies: 19
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 5:30 pm   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy


There is probably a reason for so much systematic bias to exist. I seem to recall reading something about a rule that a category of vehicles including scooters was not permitted to have speedos th ...
  Topic: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
eggsalad

Replies: 19
Views: 310

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 3:17 am   Subject: Yet another post about speedometer accuracy
There's a recent thread (Vino vs. Buddy) that talks about the Vino having a more accurate speedometer than a Buddy.

That thread drifted to be one about speedometer accuracy, but I thought I'd bring ...
  Topic: About to buy a buddy 50- Convince me (or not!)
eggsalad

Replies: 10
Views: 317

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:03 am   Subject: About to buy a buddy 50- Convince me (or not!)
A *LOT* depends on your projected usage, what the laws are in your state, and how you feel ethically about de-restricting top speed.

I've had 50cc scoots, and I think they're great... until they're ...
  Topic: Android GPS Speedometer App?
eggsalad

Replies: 1
Views: 124

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 5:33 pm   Subject: Android GPS Speedometer App?
What app are folks using to check speedometer error? Google Maps can give a GPS speed, sure, but I'm looking for something that's more readable while moving, and possibly record top speed reached on a ...
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
eggsalad

Replies: 10
Views: 572

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:42 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
I don't mind at all! Happy to boast!

I paid $800. The scooter, given age, condition, and mileage, should have sold for at least a grand, maybe $1200, maybe more!
  Topic: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
eggsalad

Replies: 16
Views: 352

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:36 pm   Subject: Is this a good deal for Buddy 170i?
As always, the answer is "it depends".

Your profile doesn't say where you are. But the real question is "what additional fees does the dealer add on?"

I looked at a couple us ...
  Topic: Buddy Kick resale value
eggsalad

Replies: 6
Views: 267

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 2:57 am   Subject: Buddy Kick resale value
So many variables. What's it worth in HI? Where are you going? What's it worth there? What will it cost you to ship where you are going?

Classified ads are free on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, ...
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
eggsalad

Replies: 17
Views: 531

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 5:11 pm   Subject: A $10 trunk?
It would be nice to have a case that big for storing my 3/4 helmet when parked. It barely crams into the underseat storage, but when I do that, the helmet can be uncomfortably warm when I get out of t ...
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
eggsalad

Replies: 17
Views: 531

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:43 am   Subject: A $10 trunk?
I'd call it a top box, or a top case, but the ad was for a scooter trunk, and that's what I bought.
  Topic: A $10 trunk?
eggsalad

Replies: 17
Views: 531

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 5:46 am   Subject: A $10 trunk?
Since my Buddy came with the Prima rack, I've contemplated owning a trunk. There are a lot of nice trunks for big money, but I wasn't sure how useful I'd find one, so I didn't want to spend that.

P ...
  Topic: Air wrench
eggsalad

Replies: 6
Views: 366

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 6:50 pm   Subject: Air wrench
Unless you're already invested in a pneumatic tool system (and if you were, you'd already have an impact gun) there isn't any need to start.

Either follow JK's advice and buy an inexpensive electri ...
  Topic: Sold my Buddy 170i
eggsalad

Replies: 10
Views: 572

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:34 pm   Subject: Sold my Buddy 170i
The Yamaha SMAX and Honda PCX150 were at the top of my short list when I was shopping. But then along came a Buddy 150 at a price too good to pass up, even though it wasn't on my list at all.

Even ...
  Topic: I bought a waterproof cell phone holder.
eggsalad

Replies: 4
Views: 338

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 4:19 am   Subject: I bought a waterproof cell phone holder.
It was two-and-a-half bucks delivered from eBay. It's the kind of thing designed for bringing your cell phone to the beach or the pool or whatever.

But it's not for my cell phone. I'm using it as a ...
  Topic: Replace front fork reflectors?
eggsalad

Replies: 9
Views: 496

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:45 pm   Subject: Replace front fork reflectors?
And my buddy only has the tab on the brake side of the wheel.

Oh, poo! This is the part I missed. So much for that idea!
 
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